Pacem is pleased to announce that we will be offering a series of short enrichment classes for younger students aged 8 to 10 on Thursdays in 2020-2021.  Children of this age are excited to explore their expanding world, and we want to support them!  These classes will foster creativity, inquiry, skill development, and problem solving.  There will be three threads offered throughout the year:  Humanities, Science, and Math/Computer science.  

Our first 7-week long session will run from September 10 to October 22, and will take place entirely outside in the woods and fields near Pacem.  We will offer three courses; students are welcome to join us for one, two, or all three!  There will be a structured morning break and lunch between the classes for students who are taking more than one class.

Amazing Insects (9:30 – 10:30) Instructor:  Jaime Cotton  The world is filled with flying, crawling, and scurrying insects!  This class will focus on the majestic monarch butterfly, but will not miss an opportunity to find and observe the multitude of other insects that we’ll encounter.  With butterfly nets in hand, we will explore the vast fields around Sabin’s Pasture on a quest to find monarch butterflies in all stages of life.  Students will learn to safely capture monarchs, identify males and females, gently tag the monarchs, and accurately record data as part of a citizen science project through Monarch Watch.  We will take every opportunity to discover the many insects that call Sabin’s pasture and Blanchard Brook home.

Math in Nature: Measurement and Collections (11:00 – 12:00)  Instructor TBA We’ll use our time in the outdoors to collect and measure all variety of objects big and small.  Along the way we’ll discuss how and why we measure things, and what the meaning of all of our numbers is.  We’ll learn about various kinds of graphs to help us understand all of our data, and then practice math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and averaging) as we manipulate our numbers to understand them better.  Students who are in the “Amazing Insects” course will have the opportunity to examine more closely data gathered in that class as well.

Nature Storytelling (12:45 – 1:45)  Instructor Rebecca Yahm  Writer and naturalist John Muir said, “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”  What stories do you find when you walk through that doorway?  What lives in that hole in the ground?  What if there was a whole imaginary world behind that rock?  Where is that snail going?  In this outdoor class, we will use nature observation and exploration to inspire creativity and spark the imagination.  We will write and draw in nature journals, read nature-inspired poetry and stories, play sensory-awareness and storytelling games, create with natural materials, and respond to writing prompts that help us express our observations in new ways.  Students will be encouraged to choose and polish one short creative writing piece into a finished poem, story, or piece of creative nonfiction.

Future courses in our humanities thread may include “Mapping Imaginary Lands”  “Creating a Village” and “Creating Fact-Based Board Games”.  Science offerings may include topics such as “Kitchen Chemistry”, “Wheels, Gears, and Things that Roll” and “Matter and Energy”.  Our technology/math thread may include “Creating computer programs in Scratch” and “Geometry in Nature”.  

Pricing:  We encourage students to take multiple classes in a single session as we will be building community and connecting concepts in different classes.  Pricing below is for one seven-week long block of classes.  Students taking multiple classes are encouraged to join us for morning break between the first two classes, and lunch between the second two classes.

Single class:  $120 

Two classes taken in the same session:  $220

Three classes taken in the same session:  $295

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